The Texas Medication Algorithm Project Patient and Family Education Program: a consumer-guided initiative.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Educating patients with mental illness and their families about the illness and its treatment is essential to successful medication (disease) management. Specifically, education provides patients and families with the background they need to participate in treatment planning and implementation as full "partners" with clinicians. Thus, education increases the probability that appropriate and accurate treatment decisions will be made and that a treatment regimen will be followed. The Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP) has incorporated these concepts into its philosophy of care and accordingly created a Patient and Family Education Program (PFEP) to complement the utilization of medication algorithms for the treatment of schizophrenic, bipolar, and major depressive disorders. This article describes how a team of mental health consumers, advocates, and professionals developed and implemented the PFEP. In keeping with the TMAP philosophy of care, consumers were true partners in the program's development and implementation. They not only created several components of the program and incorporated the consumer perspective, but they also served as program trainers and advocates. Initially, PFEP provides basic and subsequently more in-depth information about the illness and its treatment, including such topics as symptom monitoring and management and self-advocacy with one's treatment team. It includes written, pictorial, videotaped, and other media used in a phased manner by clinicians and consumer educators, in either individual or group formats.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Toprac, MG; Rush, AJ; Conner, TM; Crismon, ML; Dees, M; Hopkins, C; Rowe, V; Shon, SP

Published Date

  • July 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 61 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 477 - 486

PubMed ID

  • 10937605

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-6689

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4088/jcp.v61n0704


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States